Our sports headlines have recently been dominated by contract negotiations with some of our high profile rugby internationals and the threat of big money moves to cash rich French clubs. Thankfully for my team, Munster, Conor Murray has put pen to paper and pledged his future to the province. Leinster stars, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien, are still undecided and seem to be giving serious thought to the lucrative moves. Although all Irish rugby fans would love to see our best talent stay on home soil, there are valid points on both sides of the argument. Should they stay where they are happy and well protected (albeit not maximising their full earning potential) or should they follow the money and risk the chance of packed fixture schedules leading to burnout and potentially shortened careers?
This is an issue which arises on a weekly basis in recruitment and raises the question, “is salary a strong enough reason to accept a job offer?” I would have to say no. Don’t get me wrong salary is going to be a major contributor but it should be one of many. One thing I always ask people to do when considering a job offer is to take salary out of the equation and decide whether the job and the company is a fit for them. By doing this the salary issue will be much easier to deal with.
I have outlined below a number of questions which everybody should ask themselves before accepting a job offer:
Am I fully aware of the responsibilities of the job and am I comfortable with them?
There is only so much information that you can get from a job specification and you can be sure that there will be a number of questions about the job that you either forgot to ask or didn’t get the chance to ask during the interview process. If you have additional questions, do not be afraid to pick up the phone clarify them with your potential employer. They will prefer to see someone gathering all the information and making an informed decision rather than some who accepts the offer without all the facts, as it may come back to haunt you at some stage down the line.
Will this role offer me development opportunities?
This is a question that should be vital when making your decision. There is little point exchanging one desk for another and doing the exact same job. You need to be sure that the new position will challenge you and allow you to further develop your knowledge and skill. You can determine this by asking questions about your daily workload, systems and additional training being offered.
Will this company offer me long term career opportunities?
If you are someone who wishes to maximise their career potential then this is a question that you should give a lot of thought. You should be aware of where you could potentially be in 5-10 years within this company. If it has a flat structure with little or no chance of progression then maybe this is not the company for you.
Does the location suit me?
This is a question that will be of varying importance to people. Regularly a job will be accepted without really researching how easy or difficult it will be to commute to each day. By putting yourself in a position that requires you to travel for 3-4 hours a day to get to work you are running the risk of burnout down the line. You should not have to spend as much time in your car/bus/train each day as you do at work, this will just leave you frustrated when you arrive at work and when you arrive home. Sit down and plan your route, whether you are going to be travelling by car or public transport. Make sure that the commute leaves you with a reasonable work/life balance. Also factor in things such toll charges and parking facilities.
If you are happy with the answers to the above questions and are content that the salary on offer is a true reflection of the role and your experience then you are well on the way to making a decision that will have a positive impact on your future career. Here’s to keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that our rugby stars are asking themselves the right questions before deciding on their futures.
Are there any other questions to ask yourself when considering a job offer?